Haas have enjoyed some journey in Formula 1. The 2018 campaign represented just their third year in the championship, and while there was some regret that they were unable to beat Renault to the ‘best of the rest’ mantle, Team Principal Guenther Steiner was still delighted with their fifth place in the constructors’ standings…
Having finished eighth in their first two seasons in F1, Haas seemingly made huge development strides over the winter, partly thanks to their partnership with Ferrari, and heading into this season, some believed they had the fourth-strongest package on the grid, behind the top three teams of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull).
However, a stop-start season, which saw Romain Grosjean take nine races to register his first point of the year, ultimately meant they had to settle for fifth – and though Steiner was disappointed that they fell short of Renault, finishing 29 points behind their rivals, the result still represents a major step forward for the American squad.
“I think it was our own fault that we didn’t finish fourth,” said Steiner. “I think it’s part of the learning we are in as a team.
“Don’t forget we’re only in our third season, so to finish fifth is great - to finish first in 'the privateers' as we call it, because the guys in front are all works teams except maybe not Red Bull.
“But Red Bull are like a works team, I mean Red Bull is not a private team - they are a very well-funded, well established team.
“For sure, we ‘could’ have been fourth, but ‘could’ and ‘would’ doesn’t do you anything, so I decided to be happy about fifth.”